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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jun 2, 2009 2:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: BD: check out the BBall connection!

Ever read the essay "What is Beat?" by Kerouac, I think included in a collection of writings compiled by John Clellon Holmes (but memory escapes) where Kerouac talks about how central sports was to his life and sense of joy? The essay defines beat many ways (beatific, beatitude, beat down, etc) but an opening is about how magical and mystical was Bobby Thompson's homer. I saw recently that Kerouac had spent a lot of time creating cards for his own baseball fantasy league.
http://exhibitions.nypl.org/treasures/items/show/157

Clear that both Neal and Jack had a true love of sports.

And who can't love a song written from the car's perspective?

Im wheels, I am moving wheels
I am a 1952 studebaker coupe
Im wheels, I am moving wheels moving wheels
I am a 1952 starlite coupe...
En route.....les souterrains
Des visions du cody...sartori a paris...
Strange spaghetti in this solemn city...
Theres a postcard were all seen before...
Past wild-haired teens in dark clothing
With hands-full of autographed napkins we
Eat apples in vans with sandwiches ... rush
Into the lobby life of hurry up and wait
Hurry up and wait for all the odd-shaped keys
Which lead to new soap and envelopes...
Hotel room homesickness on a fresh blue bed
And the longest-ever phone call home.....no
Sleep no sleep no sleep no sleep and no mad
Video machine to eat time... a cityscene
I cant explain, the seine alone at 4am
The seine alone at 4a.m....neal and jack and me
Absent lovers, absent lovers...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MNT7FxYhvg&;feature=related

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Jun 3, 2009 11:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: BD: check out the BBall connection!

Kerouac loved sports - baseball?

Makes sense.

My dad was a beat (Ferlinghetti remembers Kaffke) who started out as a boxer (he boxed at Winterland once for the Golden Gloves title) and ended as a horseman, winning blue, white, red and yellow ribbons in Marin County for jumping his prized appaloosa.

Bob's boat was festooned with all the colors of the rainbow from those things!

But he'll be remembered by friends and foes alike for his scrawls and poison pen postcards.

http://pages.sbcglobal.net/kenkaffkegoldengate/_wsn/page2.html

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 4, 2009 5:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: BD: check out the BBall connection!

Amazing CPW!

Here's more history on that place:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winterland_Ballroom